Harvard Groups Discuss Nirvana

March 3, 2008


Source: The Buddhist Channel/The Harvard Crimson


The Harvard College Buddhist Community and Dharma, Harvard’s Hindu students association, came together for the first time this weekend in a two-part event to discuss the concepts of nirvana, the Buddhist term that describes perfect peace of mind, and moksha, the Hindu concept of self-realization and liberation from worldly existence.

One of the differences between the two concepts, according to Rohan V. Prasad ’10, the spokesman for Dharma, is that nirvana can be achieved instantaneously and in daily life, whereas moksha is more of an end-of-life aspiration.

“Both ideas are the ultimate goals for each religion,” Prasad said.